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Obamas, Biden plan gun control push

President Obama fires a gun in this White House photo.
President Obama fires a gun in this White House photo.

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will campaign next week for gun-control legislation, the White House said.

Lawmakers return to Washington from their Easter recess Monday.

Obama will visit Hartford, Conn., where he will meet with families affected by the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday during the daily briefing with reports.

The president will give a speech “reminding members of Congress that those who have been most affected by tragic gun violence deserve a vote on the measures currently being considered,” Carney said.

The first lady will visit her hometown of Chicago, where she will speak about providing young people with opportunities to achieve their potential, including “allowing them to grow up in safe, violence-free communities,” Carney said.

Biden will lead an event with law enforcement officials at the White House and will participate in a roundtable discussion on MSNBC.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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